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@trod348 Tom Rodgers

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I started modeling again after a 35+ year hiatus. Got my stash of kits out of the attic and went to work. Mostly 1/48 and 1/72 WWII fighters plus some modern jets.
I flew fighters in the Air Force (F-111 and A-10) for twenty years and then flew for American Airlines for twenty-two years (Boeing 727/757/767 and Fokker F-100). Now I’m retired and living in the DFW area.

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Eduard 1/48 P-39Q

Eduard 1/48, P-39Q, 42-19995, CPT William A. Shomo, 71st TRS, 82nd TRG, New Guinea, 1944. CPT (later MAJ) Shomo was nicknamed the “Flying Undertaker” because he actually trained and worked as a mortician in Pittsburgh before the war. He was awar[...]

Bf 109 E-4, Maj Helmut Wick

Tamiya 1/48 Bf 109 E-4, W. Nr 5344. The markings are those of Maj. Helmut Wick, Geschwaderkommodore, JG2, Beaumont, France, Nov 1940. These are the final markings for this aircraft. At this time Wick was the leading Luftwaffe ace and was just be[...]

Italeri 1/9 scale 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA

Here is my recent build of Italeri’s 1/9 scale 1942 Harley-Davidson WLA motorcycle. My oldest son gave me the kit for Christmas two years ago but I waited a while before attempting the build. After doing my P-26 and Fw 190 D-9, I felt I needed a[...]

Rot 13, Eduard 1/48 Fw 190D-9

Fw 190D-9 flown by Oblt. Klaus Faber as part of the base defense flight of JV44 at Ainring Airfield, Germany in May 1945. They have been referred to as the "Papagaistaffel”(parrot flight), but this name for them was not used until after the war.[...]

Eduard 1/48 Fw 190D-9

WIP: Eduard 1/48 Fw 190D-9, Klaus Faber’s “Rot 13”, JV44 Platzshutzstaffel. Using EagleCals#14 for markings but decided to paint the stripes instead of using the provided white stripe decals. Red tends to bleed through white decals and by then i[...]

1/48 Hobby Craft P-26 Peashooter

Well, sports fans. I’ve finally finished my 1/48 Hobby Craft Boeing P-26 Peashooter. I built it as gift for my wife Kathy and jokingly call it the “Fabergé Easter Egg of Fighter Planes. The late 1930’s and the run up to WWII truly produced some [...]

1/48 Hobby Craft P-26 Peashooter

Work in progress: The Faberge´ "Easter Egg" of Fighter Planes...a gift for my wife. Hobby Craft kit, Yellow Wings decals, Starfighter and Eduard rigging and PE. Paint by Vallejo Air. Kit build and painting went nicely. Decals were very good but[...]

Accurate Miniatures 1/48 SBD-5 Dauntless

AM 1/48 SBD-5. VMSB-331, Marshall Islands, Spring 1944. I built this kit for a family friend whose late husband was a Marine Radio Operator/Gunner on SBD’s on Guadalcanal. She asked me one day after church how my new adventures in modeling were[...]

Eric Hartmann’s Bf 109G-6, “Gelb Eine”, Rumania, June 1944

Another build from my 35+ year old attic stash. This time Fujimi’s 1/48 Bf 109 kit that I think I bought in the late 70’s or early 80’s. The decals are from EagleCals #132 and according to their documentation, this particular aircraft was Har[...]

1/72 Airfix MiG-15

I did this kit a few months back. It is an attempt to depict the MiG-15 at the Planes of Fame Museum at Chino, CA. It "started life" as a 1970's Airfix "baggie" kit, hence there were SOME fit and detail issues. This was my first (and a bit lame[...]
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